Mike Holmgren Isn't Only Rebuilding the Browns, He's Rebuilding Eric Mangini Too

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 29, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren has come into Cleveland and put his stamp on the franchise by making trades, cutting popular players, and signing a few veterans, but one of the biggest changes that has been noticed at their headquarters in Berea, OH is the change in head coach Eric Mangini.

Mangini has been known as a tight-lipped, straight to the point with no emotion type of coach, which makes perfect sense since he is from the schooling of Bill Belichick.

Even this time last year with the Browns, Mangini was very vague with the media and he did not tip his hand in whatever the Browns were contemplating in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Now, one year later, we can look back and see the turmoil Mangini faced when he went from the most hated person in Cleveland to most liked. Of course, the addition of Holmgren helped Mangini get to the point he is at now, as well as a four-game winning streak to close out the 2009 season.

Mangini has been seen smiling in Cleveland.

That's right, smiling, and he appears to be having fun and enjoying the chance that Holmgren has given him by staying on another season as the Browns' coach.

Is Mangini playing the part since he has a new boss?

Of course he is, but watching him in Berea and with the media, it almost seems that Mangini resembles a coach who is going through a learning process himself and for the better.

Holmgren obviously has more experience in coaching, dealing with the media, etc., and he has brought his vast knowledge to aid Mangini in becoming a better coach himself.

In fact, Holmgren has told the media the two have had many conversations and meetings to not only put the coach on the same page with Holmgren, but to help and teach Mangini how to better himself as a coach learning from the knowledge Holmgren brings with him.

It is all paying off because when you compare Mangini of last year with this year, it almost looks like two different people.

The person last year was way too serious and secretive, but now the person this year looks to be enjoying himself while learning from one of the best NFL minds currently in the business.

Browns fans are not only accepting change in the form of new players and faces of the team, but now are learning that Mangini is changing too and will hopefully become a better coach while learning under the wing of Holmgren.


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